TThis is the time of year when I find myself re-reading some of my favorite books filled with warm fireside scenes, leaves turning and cold, wintry evenings. As the holiday season sets in, this kind of nostalgic exercise feels like no less guilty pleasure than an extra chopped pie or a cup of mulled wine. There are so many new releases on my stack to read, and in my efforts to read outside of my AW setlist, I’ve turned to non-fiction works. Soaking up new information about much admired public figures or nuances of new topics brings a sense of passive productivity to an evening of reading non-fiction. As a fiction addict, this pleasure is new to me. I love learning not only about the well-drawn characters that sometimes stick with me beyond the last page of a novel, but also the intricacies of living life to the fullest or the careers of some of the most creative minds. prolific.
Of course, I turned to design books. Not only has my reading list so far been extraordinarily enlightening about the hows and whys of home decorating, but each of the books I’m going to cover today is a great starting point for the conversation. when placed just so on the coffee table.
Andrew Martin Interior Design Review, Volume 25
The best-known and most collected design book series in publication, the Andrew Martin Interior Design Reviews complete the annual event which awards a designer the “World Oscar for Interior Design” as he was dubbed by Sunday Times. This year the 25th edition has been released, showcasing as usual the top 100 active designers across the globe and celebrating this year’s winner, Thomas Jayne of New York-based Jayne Design Studio. Martin Waller, the founder of global design firm Andrew Martin, established the award as one of the community’s biggest accolades in 1996, and past winners include Kelly Hoppen, Kit Kemp, Nicky Haslam, Rose Uniacke, Axel Vervoordt and Tara Bernard, among many others. others.
The book contains over 1,000 color photographs on 500 pages of the latest interior styles and trends, and to celebrate the important anniversary of the award and the corresponding review book, is available in a limited edition acrylic case.
The 25th volume of Andrew Martin Interior Design Review is published by TeNeues, £ 65 at www.andrewmartin.co.uk
Terence: the man who invented the design by Stephen Bayley and Roger Mavity
Terence: the man who invented design is a close read of one of the most influential men in design history by two of his closest allies and collaborators, Stephen Bayley and Roger Mavity. There is a brutal honesty in the way they painted their late colleague and friend, the man who founded the Design Museum, conceptualized the ever-coveted Conran Shop, established Habitat as a design destination in London, made of Michelin House l iconic Bibendum restaurant among many other restaurants in the capital, and who has written more than 50 books on design, published by Conran Octopus, which was also founded by the Knight Bachelor. However, the duo’s ideas are often less than flattering and reveal the contradictory and complex essence of the designer-writer-restorer.
Terence: The Man Who Invented Design is published by Constable, £ 25 from www.waterstones.com
Rose Uniacke at home by Rose Uniacke
With photographs by legendary French photographer François Halard and a thoughtful preface by British design critic Alice Rawsthorn, Rose Uniacke at home is a dedication to the raw elegance of Uniacke’s work as an architectural interior designer, embodied in his own home. The 19th-century house, which Uniacke described as “a monastery meets a Venetian palace”, was first inhabited by Scottish portrait painter James Rannie Swinton, also acting as a gallery, and was eventually established as a art school before suffering damage in WWII and decades of deterioration. In 2006, Uniacke and her husband purchased the building in its disturbing derelict state to restore the quiet grandeur of the house which you can see in the exquisite images in this same tome.
Rose Uniacke At Home is published by Rizzoli in a limited edition of 2,500 copies, each £ 150 from www.roseuniacke.com
Make Life Beautiful: Free Your Home With Creative Design by Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe
In electric blue and millennial pink, Make life pleasant is the essential coffee table you’ve been waiting for. From the creators of 2LG Studio, a design firm founded by creative duo Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe, the book is a deliciously (and heartwarming) normative read, giving readers the confidence and the mental tools to rediscover the potential of their home. . . With a surprising focus on how we as unique individuals need our homes to support us in different ways, Whitehead and Cluroe cover everything from work in period architecture, to choice of materials, and even to cohabitation and design compromises. The overall message is one that prioritizes interior design as a personal and intimate journey beyond tracking fleeting trends.
Making Living Lovely: Free Your Home with Creative Design is published by Thames Hudson, £ 19.95 from www.2lgstudio.com